Texas Recruiting Update: Happy Flipmas Longhorn Nation!

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The on-field product Texas has been putting out has been, to put things delicately, abysmal. The only thing that is (barley) keeping Longhorn Nation in good spirits is this Texas recruiting class.

Texas is in a prime position to lure some other commitments to Austin. With the coaching carousel well underway, this Texas staff can take advantage of a few programs still being influx by flipping their commitments from their current school to Texas. Grab yourself your favorite beer, cocktail, or a cup of coffee and let’s get into who might still commit to the Forty Acres.

Flipmas Season

Jaylon Guilbeau, Cornerback, Four-Star

Texas recruiting made a huge stride on Thanksgiving, when Jaylon Guilbeau committed to the Longhorns for the second time. Guilbeau originally committed to Texas on September 19th, 2020.

After Tom Herman and his staff was fired, the four-star cornerback out of Port Arthur Texas de-committed from Texas in July of 2021. Guilbeau would then commit to TCU and Gary Patterson’s staff. Midway through TCU’s rough 2021 season, Gary Patterson would agree to mutually part ways with TCU. Leaving Guilbeau in a tough spot again, committed to a program without a coach.

Steve Sarkisian and his staff continued to get to know Jaylon and recruit him. Guilbeau would eventually decide to de-commit from TCU and come back to his original decision, Texas.

Jaylon Guilbeau will be a sight for sore eyes coming to Austin. His physical play style and willingness to tackle is exactly what the Texas defensive backfield needs. Guilbeau could be a versatile piece in the backend of the defense, having the traits to play outside corner, nickel corner, or safety.

Devin Brown, Quarterback, Four-Star

The Elite 11 number two ranked quarterback, Devin Brown made massive strides from his Junior year in HighSchool to his Senior year. Brown moved from Arizona to Draper Utah to play at Corner Canyon HighSchool his senior year, a powerhouse HighSchool program. Devin Brown was originally committed to the University of Southern California before de-committing last week.

Brown is shooting up recruiting boards after a stellar Elite 11 and Senior season. Although Texas already has a 2022 quarterback committed in Maalik Murphy, Steve Sarkisian and his staff still are making a hard push to land Devin Brown.

With the news of Lincoln Riley going to USC, it would not at all be surprising to see Devin Brown re-commit to USC. Steve Sarkisian and his staff will have to continue to push hard before Riley can form his staff.

Kelvin Banks, Offensive Tackle, Five-Star

The highest ranked player on this list according to on3 consensus, the 6’5” 315 pound offensive tackle from Humble, Texas would be a massive pickup for Texas recruiting. Kelvin Banks committed to Oregon in July of 2021, however still made an unofficial visit to Texas earlier this month.

With whispers of Banks wanting to stay closer to home, it appears the door is at least slightly open for Kelvin Banks to flip his commitment. This could be the most impactful Texas recruiting news. With Texas’ offensive line struggling mightily, Banks could have a legitimate chance to start immediately.

Jordan Hudson, Wide Receiver, Four-Star

Jordan Hudson committed to SMU in July. However, Hudson de-committed from SMU just last week with reports of Sonny Dykes going to TCU.

Texas recruiting would get a nice boost with a Jordan Hudson flip. While Texas is still all-in on the recruitment of Evan Stewart, Steve Sarkisian and the staff know that the receiver room is lacking in depth. Any 2022 wide receiver will have a chance to play big minutes in Austin.

Kip Lewis, Linebacker, Four-Star

With news of Lincoln Riley heading to USC, suddenly Oklahoma’s recruiting class is influx. Texas needs help at linebacker, especially if Demarvion Overshown declares for the 2022 NFL draft.

Kip Lewis had a lot of interest in Texas before eventually choosing to commit to Oklahoma in April. The four-star linebacker from Carthage Texas would be able to push for playing time immediately on the forty acres.

Closing

The over arching theme here is, the coaching carousel creates chaos in recruiting. These 17 and 18 year old kids committed to these schools and coaching staff, but if the coaching staff leaves they have to make a decision to stay at the school and hope the new coaches want them or leave and choose another option.

You cannot fault any of these kids for flipping their decision; it is one of the biggest decisions of their lives and we should all be rooting for them to make the decision that will be best for them.


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Evan Stewart, Texas Target: What to Expect

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Evan Stewart on his official visit to Austin, TX

The Texas Longhorns have been absolutely on fire on the recruiting trail to round out their 2022 recruiting class. With Evan Stewart still undecided, Texas must make a strong push for the best recruit still on the market. Stewart, the number three overall player on 247sports consensus board, could join wide receivers Brenen Thompson and Armani Winfield in the 2022 recruiting class.

Landing Evan’s commitment could propel Texas to the #1 recruiting class in the nation. If Sarkisian had an incredibly talented group of skill players, similar to what he had at Alabama, what can we expect from this offense? Grab yourself your favorite beer, cocktail, or a cup of coffee and let’s break it down!

Evan Stewart’s Strengths

Stewart is one of the best wide receiver recruits in the past few seasons. He is currently boasting a 247composite ranking of .9975 (#3 overall recruit in the 2022 class). With his blend of size (6’0” 175 lbs.), speed (10.58 100 meter dash), and agility, Stewart is poised to be a game-breaker of an athlete at the college level.

Stewart isn’t just an elite athlete though. He displays incredible route running acumen for his age as well. He consistently creates separation either on his routes or by using his athleticism to jump up and snatch the ball in the air.

How Evan Stewart will be used at Texas

Often I have seen people compare Evan Stewart to Jaylen Waddle, which is a fair comparison with their speed and athleticism as a recruit. However, Stewart is going to be the alpha wide receiver at Texas in Steve Sarkisian’s offense. Waddle was always behind someone on Alabama’s wide receiver depth chart, mainly 2021 Heisman winner DeVonta Smith.

Smith’s role in the Alabama offense was defined clearly, get open and get yards after the catch. Smith, obviously, aced his role and I believe Evan Stewart would as well in this Steve Sarkisian offense. Stewart has seen what Xavier Worthy has done as a true freshman. Worthy, Stewart, and Brenan Thompson (‘22 Texas recruit) would make as talented of a wide receiver corps as Alabama had on their National Championship team in 2021 with DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, and John Metchie III.

Final Thoughts

Stewart has the chance to be the engine in this Texas offense, and to help bring Texas back from disappointing Big-12 losses to national relevance. Steve Sarkisian is slowly building this program back up, it will take time. Texas is having a miserable 2021 season after losing three straight games, all by blowing double digit leads in the second half of the Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Baylor games (incase you purged your memories of such embarrassment). Evan Stewart is still uncommitted, but Austin Texas seems like the perfect place for him to call home next year.


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Texas vs Baylor: Week 9 Preview

Texas vs Baylor
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The eighth test for the Texas Longhorns will come vs the #16-ranked Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium in Waco. The bye week could not have come at a better time for Steve Sarkisian and Co. The Longhorns have dropped two games in a row to Oklahoma-based squads. Across the sideline, Dave Aranda will try to lead his Bears to a Texas-sized statement win.

Last Week

Both programs were off last week after seven straight games to open the season. Texas found themselves comfortably ahead in the first half against Oklahoma State, but once again a stagnant second half offense allowed Oklahoma State to get back into, and take control of, the game. This loss dropped the Longhorns to 4-3 on the season and 2-2 in the Big XII.

Bijan Robinson has been the best player, regardless of position, for the Longhorns. However, a combination of questionable play-calling, field position, and down-and-distance has severely limited #5’s touches in the second half of the past two losses. Keeping Bijan involved in the game plan in the second half will be the key to Texas’ success Saturday morning

Baylor comes into the contest winners of two straight games, including an impressive win over BYU in Waco two weeks ago. The Bears are currently 6-1 and 3-1 in conference play with wins over Kansas, West Virginia, and Iowa State.

What Texas can expect vs Baylor

Baylor comes into Saturday’s contest as quite possibly the most balanced team in conference. The Bears rank 14th in the nation in scoring offense with 38.3 points per contest. The Bears are primarily getting it done on the ground with the rushing attack averaging just over 237 yards a game.

The quarterback play of Gerry Bohanon is also very efficient. Bohannon has 1563 yards passing on the year, with 12 touchdowns and only 1 interception. Dave Aranda’s defense is not too shabby either, ranking 19th in the nation in points allowed. The Baylor defense is also very heavy on upperclassmen, much like Oklahoma State.

This game provides a great opportunity for Texas to right the tides of October and position themselves back into the Big XII title race. If the Longhorns are to get back to Arlington, this is a must-win. As far as predictions go:

Michael Farber: 42-31 Texas

Ryan McAloon: 35-31 Texas

Joseph Maggard: 38-35 Texas

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Game 4: Texas Tech (3-0) @ Texas (2-1) Preview

The Texas Longhorns look to open up Big 12 play with a win Saturday when they face the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. This should be an interesting contest. Tech has looked good so far this season starting out 3-0 with wins over Houston, Stephen F. Austin, and FIU. Texas on the other hand hasn’t really found there identity just yet. Texas started off the year solid with a win against a good ULL team, but got manhandled in week 2 against a surprisingly good Arkansas team. They came back strong with a blowout win against a awful Rice team, where the running game really took over.

One thing to watch for should be how Pete K’s defense holds up against their first real explosive test. Texas’ defense under PK hasn’t seen an explosive offense yet this season. I expect the defense to be stout and allow underneath passes to limit the big plays Tech wants. Don’t be surprised if Tech marches the ball down the field. So far this season I’ve noticed PK likes to play “bend but don’t break” defense. If you don’t know what that means, it’s essentially give up the underneath stuff and once they get in the redzone hold the opposing team to a field goal. It’s not a bad strategy especially if you tend not to “break” in the redzone which Texas has actually excelled at doing.

If PK and his defense can’t stop Tech expect this to be a very high scoring game. However, if PK can keep Tech under 21 points expect Texas to cruise to a win. This game will basically rely on Texas’ defensive play. Tech is a team who loves big plays and will execute them at a high volume. I know for certain Texas won’t shutout Tech like they did with Rice, but I hope the defense can hold them to under 3 TDs. If the defense can do that I’d be very happy with their performance.

Now to your favorite part of the article, Predictions. If you haven’t already checked out our full season win/loss predictions. You can checkout mine here and Ryan McAloon’s here. Anyways without further ado here are Ryan and I’s predictions for Texas Tech @ Texas.

Ryan McAloon: 45-42 Texas

Michael Farber: 42-20 Texas

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Who doesn’t love a QB competition?

Texas has lost their locker room leader and star quarterback to the NFL when Sam Ehlinger was selected in the 6th round, 218th overall, last April by the Indianapolis Colts. Ehlinger was everything you wanted in a Longhorn Quarterback: tough, kind, smart and a natural born leader. No, Sam Ehlinger was not perfect. He had some issues throwing with consistency at times and some may argue he tucked the ball away and ran too often or missed open receivers, but Ehlinger was the best quarterback Texas fans have seen since Colt McCoy. Replacing him as a locker room leader and one-man offense is going to be a tall task. Luckily for Casey Thompson and Hudson Card, Bijan Robinson is now a full-time starter at running back to ease the transition. But who will be the quarterback putting the ball in his hands 20-30 times a game? Grab yourself a beer, cocktail, or cup of coffee and let’s talk it out.

The Case for Casey Thompson

Casey Thompson was a four-star dual threat quarterback out of Newcastle, Oklahoma. Casey was the #14 ranked Dual-Threat Quarterback in his recruiting cycle and had a composite rating of .9021 (according to 247sports). Son of Charles Thompson (former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback), Casey committed to The Forty Acres on April 13th, 2017. Thompson sat behind Sam Ehlinger for three seasons (one as a redshirted year). Casey Thompson has a total of 29 pass attempts in his collegiate career, 10 of them coming against Colorado in the second half of the Alamo Bowl. Casey completed 8/10 passes for 170 yards and 4 touchdowns, a very impressive game after coming in for relief after Sam Ehlinger was injured in the first half. Thompson flashed accuracy, poise, athleticism, and leadership during the Alamo Bowl and during the 2021 Spring Game.

The Case for Hudson Card

Hudson Card was a high four star recruit out of Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. Card was the #2 ranked Dual-Threat Quarterback in his recruiting cycle and had a composite rating of .9721(according to 247sports). Card enrolled at Texas January 21st, 2020. Hudson Card played sparingly behind Ehlinger and Thompson, only having three pass attempts last season, all coming in the Alamo Bowl against Colorado. Card did pick up a redshirt so still has four years of college eligibility available to him. Card coming out of High School was clearly more polished and physically gifted than Casey Thompson and their recruiting composite scores reflect that. Card was also impressive during the spring game for the most part. He showed flashes of throwing with anticipation and rolling out and placing the ball on the receivers numbers. Card also does a solid job working within the pocket, not bailing too quickly even during scrimmage where he has no chance to break out of a “sack”. Card has a quick release and the arm talent to throw darts with enough juice to get to the receivers in a hurry, Cards team struggled with drops all game which was discouraging, but says more about the Texas Receiving Corps than Card’s ability to quarterback an offense.

Who Has The Edge?

Currently, I believe Casey Thompson has the edge over Hudson Card because of his experience (although it isn’t a lot more than Card’s) and vocal leadership qualities. Sarkisian has talked about how Casey Thompson has been impressive with his vocal leadership, something Hudson Card is rumored to lack at the moment. Hudson Card has to show that he has become a vocal leader on this team during fall practices if he wants to start Week 1 against Louisiana – Lafayette. I suspect Sark will hold out as late as possible to name a starter to keep Casey and Hudson from jumping into the transfer portal. The race may be tight enough where Sarkisian actually doesn’t even know who the starter will be until a week or two before Week 1.

Who I Want To Start

Obviously, I want the best man for the job to start and I trust Steve Sarkisian’s judgement from inside the building above my own. BUT, if all things were equal and Casey Thompson and Hudson Card were neck and neck with each other for the starting job I would prefer to see Hudson Card be the starter. Card has more physical talent with his arm strength, quick release, and accuracy outside of the pocket than Casey Thompson does (although maybe not by much) and is younger with more potential and upside. The real deal breaker for me though is that he has two more years of eligibility than Thompson does. The worst case scenario for Texas is if Thompson is named the starter and Hudson Card decides to enter the transfer portal, putting a lot of pressure on Sarkisian and the Texas Staff to make sure they have their next quarterback in waiting for the 2023 season. Maalik Murphy is a great recruit with even more potential than Hudson Card, but if Card was the starter Texas would have some leeway with Murphy’s development.

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